• Vicky

Barcelona Part II

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

You can read about the first half of our girls trip to Barcelona here, but we spent the rest of our time exploring Sagrada Família and the gorgeous Gothic Quarter of the city.

The Basílica i Sagrada Família is a huge unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Barcelona. Designed by Antonio Gaudí, it's pretty breath taking both inside and out.

I mentioned in my previous post that we stayed in an apartment building with some pretty fantastic views of Sagrada Família, so the building was a big part in the city skyline for us, but we wanted to make sure we got to see the inside too.

The sheer size of this place is overwhelming, the ceiling is so so high you have to crane your neck back to take it all in.

It can be a little tricky deciding what you want your ticket to entail as there's lots of options! (Again, I can't emphasise pre-booking a time slot enough, they sell out days before). We decided we wanted to go up one of the towers, as you really can't beat the views from the top. After a little reading online we decided on the Passion Tower as it's slightly taller and has better central city views as opposed to the Nativity Tower.

I should mention there's a rather convenient elevator to take you and then you make your way back down via the stairs.

On your journey down through the tower you can peek through all the windows and admire all the apartment buildings in the surrounding square.

Although keep one eye on the stairs too as that spiral staircase gets pretty tight towards the bottom.

Another great place for city views is Montjuïc, a hill towards the coastal edge of the city. Don't worry there's a convenient cable car to take you up (but it is about €12 a person). You can also look down over the harbour and Barcelona's port from here too.

On our last afternoon/evening we wanted to relax and have some tapas and sangria in the old part of Barcelona. After some hilarious conversation (and rather dubious Spanish on my behalf) with our taxi driver, we found ourselves in the pretty little pedestrian streets of the Gothic Quarter.

This is probably the place where I got most 'snap happy', as every corner brings more pretty pastel buildings and gorgeous balconies over the cobbled streets.

We stopped for sangria at a place called El Guindilla, which had seating outdoors in the middle of Plaça de Jacint Reventós. I think we all agreed this wasn't the best Sangria or tapas we had on our trip, but it was a great place to people watch before we moved on in search of some dinner.

We walked in the direction of Plaça Reial (having eaten at a restaurant here on a previous night) so we knew there were lots of great restaurants and bars to choose from.

We settled on Restaurant Tobogán, which we really liked (despite the absolutely terrible rating it has on trip advisor! - I don't know whether we were just very lucky) We spent a good couple of hours here eating some really tasty tapas and sipping probably a few too many glasses of cava. Again we dined outside, and what a perfect way to spend our last evening in this wonderful city.

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona definitely check out Enjoy BCN for your accommodation. We loved our apartment and they were really helpful throughout the booking process. If you aren't planning a trip to Barcelona, you should be!

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